Wednesday, September 27, 2023


The sand struggle: A trick to keeping it out of your RV

I love RVing near the beach. The thing I don’t like is the constant battle with sand. Camping with grandkids meant we had sand all over the inside of our rig. (I’m sure Hubby and I contributed, as well.) I had to find a solution to keep sand out of our RV!

Here’s what I did to keep sand out

First off, I set a clothes basket (like the one in the photo) well outside the RV for shoes, sandals and flip flops. The “No footwear inside the RV” rule was re-enacted. It was great having the footwear inside the clothes basket. Every now and then the kids would help me grab the basket and give it a few hard shakes, with shoes still inside it! Much of the sand shook out through the holes in the basket and footwear was cleared of it. When shoes were once again on our feet, we emptied any remaining sand out of the basket.

At the edge of our large outdoor RV mat, I placed a chair and large beach towel. Next to the chair, went a plastic dishpan half filled with water. Now when we return from the beach, we clap off as much sand as we can and put our footwear into the clothes basket. Next, we sit in the chair and dunk our feet into the dishpan of water, then dry our feet with the beach towel and we’re ready to enter the RV sans sand.

How ‘bout you? Do you have any tricks like mine that keep sand, mud or dirt outside the RV? Please tell us in the comments.


Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh
Gail Marsh is an avid RVer and occasional work camper. Retired from 30+ years in the field of education as an author and educator, she now enjoys sharing tips and tricks that make RVing easier and more enjoyable.


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2 years ago

A horsehair workbench brush works very well to brush sand off feet and legs.

2 years ago

Baby powder takes sand off feet and legs .

mark generales
2 years ago

Really smart stuff.
Do you have a decent vaccum cleaner and if so what do you have. We have been looking – either too big, too small and weak – just haven’t found one. Any thoughts from anyone would help!!

2 years ago
Reply to  mark generales

We use a dyson rechargable that we hang up and keep charged in the closet. Seems to work pretty good.

Art Kott
2 years ago
Reply to  mark generales

I have a Dewalt 20 volt shop vac, works amazing with a floor cleaning attachment, doesn’t take up much space and has power for days!

Art Kott
2 years ago
Reply to  Art Kott

I have the smaller version FYI, they make two and I’ve heard mixed reviews on the bigger one, however the bigger one does also have a cord so you can plug it in and use it from a normal 120v outlet

Tom B.
2 years ago

Repurpose old used cat litter plastic tubs. Light weight, fill with water and dunk your feet to rinse the sand off.

Michael Morris
2 years ago

Instead of using water, sprinkle cornstarch (baby powder) on your bare, sand covered, feet. Sand wipes off without a trace and leaves your feet clean and dry.

2 years ago
Reply to  Michael Morris

Good to know. Thanks, Michael!

Philip Sponable
2 years ago

Embrace the sand… sweep and vacuum twice a day.

Wayne R
2 years ago

We keep a snow brush just outside the door. Great to broom off your feet/shoes….and the steps too.

2 years ago
Reply to  Wayne R

Great idea and much less hassle than taking shoes off and on. If I ever travel into snow country I’ll get one! If can keep crud off the steps, it helps keep the whole place less gritty.

2 years ago
Reply to  Wayne R

Use a big, cheap, soft paintbrush. Works well even between the toes, doesn’t hurt or scratch, and is easily stored.

William McGullam Sr.
2 years ago

I like to use one of these just inside the RV door…. Really helps with keeping excess dirt out of the RV.×36-free-shipping/

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